Ever since the first-ever Barbie was created in 1959, the doll has stuck to a formulaic look with cascades of bleach blonde hair and unrealistic body proportions, which we are all too familiar with.
However, over the past few years Mattel has made an effort to make Barbie more inclusive with a range of different body types, ethnicities and the launch of its latest figurine that is the first to ever wear a hijab.
In keeping with those efforts, now Barbie is coming out to make a statement in support of LGBT rights, and people are loving it.
It’s not just Barbie that’s taken steps to be more inclusive; Tonner Doll Company introduced the “first transgender doll,” styled after YouTube star Jazz Jennings, a boy who “came out” as transgender at the ripe old age of five, according to his parents.
Jennings became a darling of the left after an interview with Barbra Walters in 2007 at age 11 to discuss transgenderism. She told Walters that she felt “trapped in the wrong body” at young age. Her parents then supported her intuitions by allowing their child to wear dresses, make-up and “come out” as trans at her 5th birthday party by wearing a girls’ one-piece bathing suit.
Now that’s the kind of support trans kids need.
The Tonner Doll company, which makes collectible dolls for adults, is sculpting the doll based on Jazz’s appearance along with the pink shirt and jean shorts Jazz sports on her memoir. It debuted at the New York Toy Fair this past weekend. A variation of the doll sports a sparkling white ballerina dress,” notes Heat Street.
According to Jennings’ enthusiastic Instagram post, the transgender doll is a “regular girl,” anatomically speaking.
“This is the first transgender doll on the market, and guess what?! It’s ME!!! [Tonner Doll] did a great job of creating this beautiful item! It will be available in July, and I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,” says the post.
“For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first ‘transgender’ doll because it’s based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that’s exactly what I am: a regular girl!” the post continues.
From a young age we need to teach our children about gender, identity and body image. Dolls/ toys or cartoons have a huge subconscious impact on the child and by creating these dolls which are body positive and accepting of all genders, we help them become better, more accepting adults; which in turn will create a better society.